In the Future, We’ll Love Our Robot Pets, But Will They Love Us Back? The Daily Beast (Re Silc). The first sentence: “Humans are obsessed with robots.” No.
Blockchain moves beyond its ‘moonshot’ phase The American Banker
Bail Bloc The New Inquiry
Brexit: ‘Don’t put politics above prosperity’, Davis urges EU BBC. Davis’ Berlin speech. It didn’t go well:
This evening in Germany, David Davis has demonstrated a frankly humiliating misunderstanding of even the basics of the EU.
A quick thread.
— Ian James Parsley (@ianjamesparsley) November 16, 2017
First question from a German journalist, on “prosperity”: “If that is what you want, why are you leaving?”
Germany’s coalition talks: What are the sticking points? Deutsche Welle
Saudi crackdown will not hit investments: energy minister Falih Reuters. Oh. OK.
Why Israel does not want a sovereign Palestinian state Middle East Eye
Google and Facebook Give Net Neutrality Campaign a Boost Newsweek. To the extent that any public good controlled by two ginormous monopolies can be said to be neutral.
FCC Relaxes Media Ownership Rules in Contentious Vote Variety. Sinclair: “Thanks!”
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The Republican Tax Bill and Cuts to Social Security CEPR. Chained CPI works its evil magic (and Democrats support it — Obama; Clinton Democrats — so it may slide through). So, we get the Grand Bargain one deal at a time.
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Sex in Politics…Not!
Democrats Missed A Chance To Draw A Line In The Sand On Sexual Misconduct FiveThirtyEight. The Al Franken case goes to the Senate Ethics Committee. I remember very well, after the (squandered) “wave” election in 2006, when new speaker Pelosi instantly buried the Mark Foley case — Foley to 15-year-old male former Senate page: “Get a ruler and measure it for me” — in the Ethics Committee (one might speculate to protect the Republican leadership, in light of what we now know of the Hastert case). In any case, “weaponized sanctimony” is the order of the day, on this day as indeed on all other days, as Democrats refuse to clean their own side of the street. Well played, all.
When Character No Longer Counts National Affairs
‘Inappropriate behavior’ with man in his office led to Ohio lawmaker’s ouster Columbus Dispatch. I wonder if anybody’s keeping a spreadsheet on these episodes….
Is there a culture of denial around sexual misconduct in academia? Times Higher Education
Democrats in Disarray
Testing Progressives, Centrist Dems Team Up with GOP to Deregulate Banks The American Prospect. But unity!
Detroit Cops Fight Each Other In ‘Very Embarrassing’ Undercover Mix-Up Newsweek. “… two officers posing as drug dealers were ‘caught’ by their undercover colleagues last Thursday in an incident that resulted in guns being pulled, punches thrown…”
Imperial Collapse Watch
The revised TPP is still a big deal Nikkei Asian Review
The Uncounted NYT. Jiggering the numbers for civilian casualties from air strikes.
Notes on $450,312,500 Felix Salmon
Five Decades of Middle-Class Wages: October 2017 Update Advisor Perspectives (CM).
Left behind: can anyone save the towns the economy forgot? FT. UK equivalent of Case-Deaton.
Researchers Measure Inequality Caused by Agriculture in Ancient World Lab Equipment (ME). Seems odd that this is in a magazine callled Lab Equipment, until you think about the inequalities in academia today. I’ve been reading James C. Scott’s Against the Grain, which bears on the same topic (Original in Nature.)
Where the Small-Town American Dream Lives On The New Yorker
World’s 3 Most Successful Public Housing Projects Arch20. The last, Quinta Monroy, is very interesting.
Hey, Mark Zuckerberg: My Democracy Isn’t Your Laboratory NYT. Zuck: “Lol yes it is.”
Imagining a Politics of Love: Hannah Arendt, Billy Budd, Meridian and the Civil Rights Movement Society for U.S. Intellectual History
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